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Sir Martin Gilbert remained serene before the record of history

A friend who told us the truth

Sir Martin Gilbert was granted the greatest gift that a biographer could ask for, a subject truly heroic to write about

A scene from Shades of Truth, featuring Pius XII wearing a yellow Star of David

L’Osservatore Romano says Shades of Truth is ‘naïve’ and lacks credibility

Sir Winston Churchill's coffin being carried into St Paul's (PA)

Historians will argue about his mistakes, but everyone who filed past Churchill’s coffin was certain they were mourning the passing of a great man

Carthusian monks at a monastery in southern Italy (Photo: CNS)

Journalist suggests Causes could be taken up by Italian bishops

France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy walks past the Wall of Names during his visit to the Shoah Memorial in Paris. In one part of France in particular locals resisted (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, pool)

A new book looks at a part of southern France where tight-knit communities saved Jewish lives

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

A new book suggests the wartime pope used all the means within his power to help Jews

William Ness, 12th Yorkshire Parachute Battalion, pictured during a commemorative ceremony at Memorial Pegasus near Ouistreham, France (Photo: PA)

In message to French bishops Pope remembers soldiers who fought Nazism

Pope Leo XIII is seen giving a blessing in a frame from an 1896 film in the Vatican Film Library (CNS)

The Vatican’s ‘Voices of the popes’ audio archive is a reason for rejoicing

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

Cheng waited until his 80s to publish his first novel

The 83-year-old first-time novelist was inspired by his escape from the Japanese occupation